Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • Ben April 27

    Meteorologist Ben Smith: Remembering April 27, 2011

    Hard to believe I had only been at WHNT News 19 one year when one of the biggest outbreaks in U.S. history impacted us in the Tennessee Valley. I want to share my personal experience and what I learned as a meteorologist and a human being after that day. We knew the day before that it would be a big day, but to think we would lose over 200 lives in the state of Alabama is unthinkable. Jerry Hayes and […]

  • Snow

    Snow Less Likely This Time

    Lately the Tennessee Valley has gotten used to seeing snow. We’ve had a few events recently, but this time it appears to be just rain. Ingredients for the past couple events were there including plenty of cold air and an upper level low (cold pocket aloft.) This time the warmer air wins. Here is the set up. There is some cold air in place Saturday, but it just doesn’t win out late Sunday into Monday.  Here is a look an explainer. Low pressure center is just […]

  • Storm timing animated

    Strong to severe storm threat remains for tonight, greatest threat after 6 p.m. – Feb. 2

    A risk of some strong to severe storms exists on Tuesday over a broad area; around here, the greatest chance of stormy weather comes after 6 PM Tuesday evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 3 AM Wednesday; wind gusts away from storms may exceed 35 MPH.

  • day5prob

    Looking Ahead To Tuesday – Severe Weather Potential

    I know it’s early, but as you enjoy your weekend, don’t be surprised to hear about the potential for severe thunderstorms for early next week. A strong low pressure is expected to move our way by Monday into Tuesday pressing heavy rain and damaging winds across all of the Tennessee Valley. Guidance shows a pretty healthy squall line here early next week before another round of colder air takes over. This is valid for Tuesday afternoon. That is a large […]

  • Romack

    Meteorologist Ben Smith’s family & friends still snowed in — check out Virginia!

    The effects of last weekend’s blizzard across the middle Atlantic and northeast aren’t going away anytime soon. Ask our own WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith. He is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is 50 miles south of Washington, DC. Many of his family and friends are still snowed in. They saw around two feet of snow there. This photo is from Jennifer Romack of Fredericksburg. Her car is nearly buried in a four-foot snow […]

  • Winter Weather

    Winter Weather Advisory issued for early Wednesday through Tennessee Valley

    What: Winter Weather Advisory When: Wednesday 3am-Noon Who: Franklin, Lincoln, Moore (TN); Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb (AL) The Winter Weather Advisory includes the cities of Huntsville, Decatur and Florence Why: Sleet and freezing rain possible early Wednesday morning There could be problems for the early morning commute Wednesday as a brief period of sleet and freezing rain is possible in the Tennessee Valley (see the forecast graphics in the gallery below). Elevated surfaces, bridges and overpasses are prone to be […]


    Snow or No Snow this weekend?

    There has been a lot of buzz going around about what could happen this weekend. Will it snow Saturday night into Sunday? To answer that question, probably not. This time of year the Tennessee Valley gets its fair share of “minor events” or just a few flurries. Last Sunday we saw just that. A light dusting in sections of Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Even that this time would be a stretch.  Let’s break it down for you. First, here is […]

  • Lows

    Monday morning temps: Which area had the lowest low?

    Just how cold was it in the Tennessee Valley this morning? Well, here are a few numbers!   Decatur: 17° Huntsville: 18° Muscle Shoals: 16° Albertville: 19° Fort Payne: 18° Meridianville: 18° Cullman: 15° Winchester: 12° Bankhead National Forest: 14° Courtland: 16° Crossville: 16° Russellville: 13° Scottsboro: 18° Valley Head: 15° UAH: 18° Cherokee 11° (Unofficial) Frankewing: 10° (Unofficial) Even some interesting tweets from this morning! The best one came from Erica @elguthrie32 “13° N Henagar. It’s so frozen I can […]

  • Snow on backyard in Ider.  Photo courtesy of Eric Couch

    Sunday Morning Snow Photos

      Thank you for submitting your snow photos. If you have any, email them to us.   Parts of the Tennessee Valley received a dusting! Look for a breezy and cold Sunday afternoon. Highs reach the middle to upper 30s with wind chills in the 20s all day! Bundle up! Facebook: Ben Smith Twitter: @BenSmith_WHNT WHNT News 19 Weather

  • Glendale

    Going to see Alabama or Jacksonville State? Here are your football forecasts

    Let's take a look at some football forecasts. Alabama takes on Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Monday night in Glendale, Arizona. Jacksonville State travels to Frisco, Texas, to clash with North Dakota State this Saturday at 11am.

  • today3

    Nice weather for Black Friday shoppers, limited rain this weekend

    We hit 72° on Thanksgiving Day in Huntsville. Expect a similar forecast this afternoon under a partly cloudy sky. This is well above the average of 59°. Enjoy it now because there are signs of cooler temperatures by the first week of December. Rain will stay away from high school fields tonight. Only a jacket or sweater is required for our teams in action tonight. It’s the semifinals of the state playoffs. Decatur Heritage, Fyffe, Colbert County, and Austin look […]

  • Slight Everywhere - Enhanced TN/NE AL

    More high heat and chance of strong storms this afternoon & evening

    We hit 98° in Huntsville for the second straight day Monday. Look for upper 90s this afternoon with another heat advisory. The heat index could reach 109° this afternoon. It doesn’t look like the oppressive temperatures are going anywhere with the potential of triple digit heat by the weekend into next week. Now to the potential for strong to severe storms.  Disturbances track southeast around a large upper ridge and move across the Tennessee Valley late this afternoon into the […]